Finnissy at 70: Call for Scores

August 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Royal Holloway University of London and the Institute of Musical Research is delighted to announce a national Call-for-scores. We invite composers who are currently enrolled onto a Postgraduate Research course in the UK to submit a 5 to 7-minute work for solo violin and piano.

Four selected pieces will be given workshop performances at a College festival entitled Spotlight Series: Finnissy at 70 hosted by Royal Holloway University of London and curated by one of the College’s composers and conductors, Nathan James Dearden. The four selected works will be workshopped by acclaimed duo, Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano). The workshop will be overseen by Spotlight Composer, Michael Finnissy, in which he will provide successful applicants with guidance and support regarding their new work.

Successful applicants will be invited to the Windsor Building Auditorium (Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX) on Wednesday 26th October, 2016. You will be invited to attend an afternoon concert of music for violin and piano given by Darragh Morgan (violin) and Mary Dullea (piano), showcasing music by the Spotlight Composer, Michael Finnissy. For more information on this event, please visit royalholloway.ac.uk/music/events. Free admission is given for the afternoon recital to all the successful applicants. After the afternoon recital, successful applicants will workshop their works with Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea and receive feedback and guidance from the Spotlight Composer, Michael Finnissy. This workshop will be open to the public. Recordings will also be produced of the workshop for the composer’s personal use.

To submit your work, please send the following:

  • PDF score (Please provide full score and parts)
  • A brief programme note (max. 200 words)
  • A composer biography (max. 300 words)
  • The composer may wish to submit a recording (Computer simulations are naturally allowed; converted to .mp3 preferable). However, a recording is not compulsory.

Submissions of scores and parts should be emailed to nathanjames.dearden@rhul.ac.uk by 12:00pm on Friday 30th September, 2016. Large files may be sent via an online file transfer service such as WeTransfer.

Successful applicants will be notified and further details of the project will be provided on Friday 7th October, 2016.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • To apply you must currently be enrolled onto a Postgraduate Research course (PhD; inclusive of MPhil./MLit. and other precursory degrees to an institution’s PhD programme) in the UK or have graduated from this course in the past three years.
  • The works must be between 5 and 7 minutes in duration. Any works deemed over 7 minutes in length will not be considered.
  • Submitted works should not include electronics.
  • Submit a work for solo violin and piano only. When writing for these instruments, full exploration of the musical possibilities is naturally welcome and encouraged, however if you are to write advanced extended technique or scordatura for the violin, you must be prepared to provide an alternative violin and/or bow for use during the workshop process.
  • You may submit a work which has already received a performance and/or recording, however priority will be given to applications which have not received prior exposure.
  • Unfortunately any travel and food expenses will not be covered.
This project is kindly supported by Royal Holloway University of London New Music Collective and the Institute of Musical Research